Selected street hawkers in Accra, Ghana’s capital have been given a two-week ultimatum to relocate.

This directive was communicated by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, who said his outfit will engage the local authorities to ensure that these hawkers are moved from the street to the markets.

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“Increasingly, market women and petty traders are beginning to occupy the main streets within the Greater Accra Region and we are taking steps to decongest the streets to allow free flow of vehicles and traffic.”

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“We have engaged with the queen mothers so they will join me and the government and the assemblies in carrying out this exercise. If after several engagements they continue to make it difficult for us then we will deploy the MMDAs to enforce the local laws.”

This comes on the back of a similar announcement by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah ordering traders at the Central Market to relocate. The relocation was necessary for the commencement of the second phase of Central Market redevelopment project.

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